The Spider-Man Project

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 031-033

Posted by dave, October 14, 2007 at 5:18 pm · No Comments ·

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 031If This Be My Destiny…!
Script by: Stan Lee
Artwork by: Steve Ditko
Lettering by: Sam Rosen
Originally published: December 1965

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 032Man on a Rampage!
Script by: Stan Lee
Plot + illustration by: Steve Ditko
Lettering by: Artie Simek
Originally published: January 1966

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 033The Final Chapter!
Script: Stan Lee
Plot and illustration: Steve Ditko
Bordering and lettering: Artie Simek
Originally published: February 1966

The opening of that first issue was awesome, like damned James Bond movie or something. There were masked dudes in helicopters, electronics being jettisoned into the river (in water-proof cases, naturally), sleep gas – all sorts of tight shit! In fact, this whole 3-issue series was great.

The main plot centres around Aunt May succumbing to an illness caused by radiation in her blood – caused when Peter gave her a transfusion oh so many issues ago! Overcome with guilt, Peter (in the guise of Spider-Man) seeks the help of Dr. Curt Connors, who recommends the use of a special serum from the west coast. While being delivered, though, the serum is stolen by the Master Planner and his gang – a well-funded operation that has been stealing nuclear- and radiation-related stuff for awhile.

With Aunt May’s life in the balance, Spider-Man goes on an insane rampage to track down the Master Planner and get the serum back. He ends up beating up half the city before stumbling upon the Master Planner’s underwater lair. After battling his way through some henchmen, Spider-Man finally comes face to face with the Master Planner himself – Dr. Octopus! They have a brief but intense fight, where Spider-Man basically cleans Doc Ock’s clock. In the heat of battle, though, Spidey damages some support beams and a ton of steel comes crashing down. Spidey ends up being trapped beneath assloads of steel, out of arm’s reach of the serum, with Aunt May’s time getting shorter and shorter.

With an amazing feat of strength, in perhaps the three best pages ever, Spider-Man frees himself. Although he’s injured and completed exhausted, Spider-Man fights his way out through more henchmen, a flooded complex and back to Connors. In the end Aunt May is saved and all of the gang is rounded up. Unfortunately, Doc Ock gets away (or he may be dead, but I doubt that), but I think at that point Peter doesn’t really care.

These issues were friggin awesome. The plot was exciting as all hell, and there was assloads of great character development and personal stories. Peter has his first few days at ESU and completely alienates all the other students (including Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy!) because he was so distracted with worry about Aunt May. Peter also resolves his Betty Brant problem by convincing her he lives far too dangerous a life as a news photographer; she ends up realizing she can’t be with somebody like him and he ends up heartbroken. Finally, we get another fresh taste of what it’s like to see Spider-Man going all out to sacrifice himself for someone he loves, namely Aunt May. His dedication and sense of responsibility could have come across as trite and preachy, but instead seemed very honest and inspiring.

Finally, I just have to say that the art in these issues is definitely some of Ditko’s best. As I’ve said before, he really seems to be putting his heart into it now that he’s plotting the stories, and we’re treated to some really awesome sequences.

Rating:
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